Favorite Paris Finds | Michele Aragon

Favorite Paris Finds | Michele Aragon

With the power of the internet and communicative nature of the blogosphere, undiscovered Paris finds are few and far between. So while some of my new favorites may not be untapped resources, I hope they may find their way into at least a few readers’ Paris folders for future reference. Undoubtably one of my favorite new discoveries, thanks to my sister’s unerring nose for the rare and refined, is Michele Aragon’s amazing shop on Rue Jacob in Saint Germain.

While some may wish to bury their ashes at Bergdorf’s (as I do on some days), I would most often opt for mine to be spread in someplace like this elegantly cramped emporium of eclectic and exquisite finds.…

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AERIN | Living the Life and the Label

AERIN | Living the Life and the Label

AERIN is more than merely a label. It’s a lifestyle. And nothing has more credibility, authenticity or appeal than when the namesake of a company lives and breathes the brand. While Aerin Lauder may lead a luxury life, her down-to-earth approachability gives her brand both aspirational and relatable allure. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of of traveling out to the Hamptons with a small group of bloggers for a visit to her new shop in Southampton followed by lunch and afternoon activities at her beautiful weekend home.

photo via AERIN

The shop is a concept store, featuring not only product from all of AERIN’s lines, but her picks from other favorite collections as well, offering a glimpse into Aerin’s life and sensibilities.…

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The Discreet Charm of the Petit Trianon

The Discreet Charm of the Petit Trianon

Today we travel back to Versailles to take a quick look at the Petit Trianon. Built by Louis XV for his influential mistress Madame de Pompadour, who died before she could ever inhabit it, it is Marie Antoinette who is most associated with the charming chateau. Given to her by her husband, Louis XVI, it became her refuge where she could escape the demands and formality of court life. And not unlike Jackie in the White House, she was the only queen to have asserted her style at Versailles. She even had her elegant personal monogram replace that of Louis XV in the amazing wrought iron and bronze-gilded ¬†staircase made by Francois Brochois.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Eddie Ross

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Eddie Ross

Crossing the divides of styling, entertaining, decorating and production, Eddie Ross is a whirling dervish of creativity. While his career began in the culinary arts, he soon expanded his skill set into the world of decor with positions at¬†House Beautiful, Martha Stewart, and now Better Homes & Gardens, columns in Woman’s Day and Southern Living, work in front of and behind the camera for TV shows such as Martha, HGTV, the Food Network and Bravo’s Top Design, features in almost every lifestyle mag, as well as musings on his popular blog. We are thrilled that Eddie eked out some time to be our latest guest on Stylish Shopping.…

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Timeless Design at Versailles

Timeless Design at Versailles

I was somehow surprised that my girls voted a visit to Versailles as their favorite part of our week in Paris. It just shows the timeless relevance of classic French design and the memorable impact of the palace, gardens and splendor of 18th century court life. I’m sure many of you have made the pilgrimage to the estate. I hadn’t been for years (in fact decades) and was overwhelmed yet again at the magnificence of the architecture and grounds. Even on a gray day the palace is impressively resplendent. Many of the buildings have been restored in a massive renovation project that began in 2003 and will continue through 2020, touching almost every one of the 700 rooms.…

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Small Space Big Style

Small Space Big Style

Every city dweller’s primary design concern is optimizing the small space big style ratio. Perhaps that’s why House Beautiful‘s annual Small Spaces issue is so popular. And in the upcoming July/August issue, Philip Gorrivan shows how it’s done as he transforms a 1,200 square foot NYC apartment into a dramatic jewel box of a space.

From the minute you enter the apartment every surface is maximized for visual interest and spatial enhancement. The spectacular entry just oozes glamour with a sophisticated mix, evoking images of Nick and Nora sauntering in with Madeleine Castaing. Saturated color balances the graphic walls of antiqued hand cut mirror inlaid with brass.…

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Thank You Luxe Magazine

Thank You Luxe Magazine

What a lovely welcome back this evening from my week in Paris. Firstly, a thank you to Luxe Magazine for including me in the Spotlight section of their summer issue. Floral Finesse features my comments on the beautiful new Dedar About Flowers fabric that I had seen at Deco Off in January.

It’s a terrific issue with an absolutely beautiful Houston project by designer Ginger Barber and architects Russell Windham and William Curtis that alone is worth the price of the magazine – pantry below.

And as I drove into my house upon my return, I was delighted to see that the hydrangea had bloomed in my absence!…

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Postcard From Paris

Postcard From Paris

I had hoped to post this yesterday but since we have been very busy out and about, this little postcard from Paris was delayed. As this is my girls’ first trip to the French capital, we of course had to indulge in a bit of classic sightseeing. I must admit, that I hadn’t been up the Eiffel Tower in years

and had forgotten how truly amazing the views of the city are.

To get a quick overview of the sights, we took a relaxing ride on a bateau mouche. We had beautiful weather yesterday and caught glimpses of the many landmarks from the Seine.…

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Why Don’t You | Travel in Style

Why Don’t You | Travel in Style

Taking my cue from the inimitable Ms. Vreeland and a page from J.J. Martin’s piece in today’s Off Duty section of the Wall Street Journal, I’m hoping more people realize how easy it is to travel in style. While I certainly see my fair share of well-dressed men and women flying the friendly skies, there is also a preponderance of those who feel that comfort cannot be synonymous with stylish or even neat attire. That is of course their prerogative, but as someone who is always on the lookout for the aesthetically appealing aspects of life, my inspiration lies with those who do make the effort.…

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Off to the City of Lights

Off to the City of Lights

So I’ve been waiting to tell you that tomorrow I am off to Paris for the week. My sister and I have been plotting for months and are excited to be taking my girls for their first visit to the city of lights. We hope we’ve concocted an entertaining mix of culture and fun with plenty of free time for exploring.

I hope to be reporting in next week with some short travelogue posts for you armchair travelers. And you can of course always follow along on instagram for a little dose of francophile fun. There might even be a little stylish shopping involved.…

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